Family Room {Mantel}

January 11, 2012 by 33 Comments

√ Recycle – Recycled Fence Art
√ Anthropologie-ish SUPER SWEET vase.
√ Oliver Accessorized.
√  10×14 Moroccan Area Rug.
√ Mantel Complete

 

 Here’s what I showed you last night.

 
And after my initial little freak out moment {which tends to be my first reaction on big purchases, because truly I’m not much of a spender in personality}, I have fallen completely head over heels in love with my rug!  Not only does Oliver love looking at the ocean of beauty, my sweet copper horses that I found at my favorite thrift store recently are super impressed!  These sweet horses were a total of  $3 and although I tend to like white, and I’m not promising that isn’t their future, I’m loving how the patina process shows how long these precious animals have been loving life.  I think the touch of green is just beautiful!

Packing up Christmas, I wasn’t ready to ditch my fence art quite yet!  To me it has a very wintery feeling with it’s barren, dull coloring.  I love how it pops against our white fireplace and warms the area up real well!

My flower vase makes me smile with a touch of brightness!!!  And my sweet perched bird takes the place of my birds outside that have migrated for the season.

At our two story house, I displayed each of our annual family pictures, all in 11×14 frames, running up one side of the staircase.  Ten years worth of living there made for a lot of frames {eleven to be exact because I included our engagement pictures in that series}.  At this house, there’s not a spot really for those collections, but I was sorta over that anyways.  My ranch-style house has a new collection, I’m going for an 11×14 frame in every single color!!!  LOL!  {So far RED √   YELLOW√   BLUE √}.

I’ve decided that I absolutely LOVE fall leaves, but am totally not a fan of winter leaves!  I swept the back porch again today and I just have to say, sweet brown dead leaves has no thrill!  Thankfully Stud loaded 15 bags worth of leaves a month ago so there’s not too much left to sweep.

In the backyard we have a endless branches that break off as the squirrels jump through our tree and when the winter wind blows during storms.  With a spray of my white paint, they brighten up the fence panels well.

I’ve had my topiaries for a while.  They were from Michael’s for a great price with a couple coupons.

Isn’t Oliver SUPER CUTE!  {Yes, you can spray paint a silk flower!}
Two of our favorite books: Making Fine Furniture and The most Scenic Rides in America.  A porcelain antler and a yummy candle that I picked up at TJ Maxx yesterday.   I also bought those yummy smelling oil reeds, they smell GREAT!
So nice to be able to enjoy a comfy family room after lots of time spent with dust flying every which way!!!  Next up…I NEED to make or find some pillows.  I found some cute blue and white ticking pillows made by Ralph Lauren at HomeGood store the other day and I have some yellow pillows I made out of place-mats a while back, but it’s just not popping.  I may have to snoop through Potterybarn, West Elm and ZGallerie and see if I can’t find something on sale or something that inspires me!!!  Any ideas friends!?!?  No promises on when they’ll be found, but I’ll definitely share my progress with you!  It’s so fun being friends with you!!!

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33 Responses to “Family Room {Mantel}”
  1. Tonya says:

    Your family room is looking lovely as is your mantel! Thanks for sharing!

  2. Tricia says:

    So great! Love all of the details in the room. And I’m laughing because I was just at Michaels TODAY and bought the small version of the topiaries you have on your mantel!!! :)

    makingitfeellikehome.blogspot.com

  3. Mid-Atlantic Martha says:

    Looking good! I love your new rug!

  4. marissa says:

    I love it. I just got a buffet and haven’t figured out how to decorate it I’m pinning this for inspiration

  5. Lindsay says:

    Wow, this is absolutely gorgeous! I am in love with this room! Great job piecing your mantle together, it is perfect! Love the new rug as well.

  6. Heidi @ Decor & More says:

    GReat choice to leave the fence art! It’s the perfect winter touch with all your brighter goodies. Kudos on a fresh mantle!

  7. Heidi @ Decor & More says:

    GReat choice to leave the fence art! It’s the perfect winter touch with all your brighter goodies. Kudos on a fresh mantle!

  8. Oh, Aimee- It’s just lovely. Of course :). I love the pop of bright blue and yellow!

    Please link this room (and everything else!!) up tomorrow?? :)

  9. Lisa says:

    Hey Aimee-Love the mantle. Love the yellow flower and blue frame. I want to see a pic of the wall with all of the colored frames. Lisa

  10. LOVE this rug!!! It completely changes the look of this room…which is pretty stunning itself!

  11. I am so loving the *yellow*! That color always puts a smile on my face and I’m grinning from ear to ear (c: The mantel looks awesome!

  12. Denyse@Crazy Beautiful Life says:

    Girl!! I want your energy…You have really been knocking out some projects…it’s beautiful!! Thanks for sharing at my linky party!

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  13. Your mantle looks great! I really LOVE your family room and yep…. I’m still TOTALLY jealous about your rug ;)

  14. Very pretty room with all the special accessories. Mantle is very nicely done. And the rug really does look great – you must be thrilled!

  15. Sarah says:

    I cannot decide which part of this room I like more. I love the mantel and the rug..and the $3 horses..so beautiful!
    Sarah
    http://www.budgetfriendlydecorating.com

  16. Rosemary@villabarnes says:

    Very nice vignette. Still loving that vase with the flower.

  17. I love this whole look! So pretty and inviting!
    Meredith From A Mother Seeking Come find me on my blog, A Mother Seeking…

  18. Michael Ann says:

    Wow, you are so creative. I LOVE the little horses just as they are! Love the rustic-ness of the wood on the mantel and the little white bird on the perch. SO, so beautiful!

  19. Ashley says:

    Cute! The yellow and blue accents are perfect!

  20. Your room is so pretty, everything works so well together. A happy room, with such great color and texture. I also love sprayed branches add a rustic touch. Thanks for sharing all your inspiration at Sunday’s Best!

  21. Katie says:

    Love your mantel! I’m jealous of anyone who has a mantel to decorate!

  22. LOVE your mantel!! I agree, that fence looks fabulous in the background..it really does pop!!

  23. Our Pinteresting Family says:

    Such a beautiful job!! Megan

  24. Shasta @ intheoldroad says:

    Beautiful mantel. Love that rug too. Stopping by from Fox Hollow Cottage’s Spring Mantel party.

    Shasta

  25. Thanks SO MUCH Holly! Congrats to you, too!!! Very fun features for sure!!!

    XO, Aimee

  26. I am in LOVE with this mantel! Simple, beautiful, and the colors are PERFECT! I found you at The Shabby Creek Cottage– thanks for sharing!

    ~Abby =)

  27. So many things I love about your mantel ~ the wood, the blues and yellows – it’s just all lovely. I’m going to be featuring them during the Countdown to Spring round-up @ Domestically-Speaking. Thanks for joining the party!

  28. Jennifer says:

    Love the royal blue and yellow. So fresh! Thanks for sharing. I am your newest follower. :)

  29. Michelle says:

    Your family room is lovely! It’s so bright and welcoming.

    I’m hosting a giveaway over at my blog, so stop by and check it out!

    Have a great week!

    http://cloverandmustard.blogspot.com/2013/03/a-few-of-my-favorites-giveaway.html

    Michelle
    Clover&Mustard

  30. What a wonderful room. I love the accents, and the mantel is great. I love the rough wood texture and color with all of the other textures and colors in the room.

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